Informa Markets took an in-depth look today in a live webinar that’s all about “Tapping Into The Future Of Retail”, which Informa happily says there is no expiration date on in-person shopping, in spite of the alarming closure of physical spaces during the COVID19 pandemic, as well as the sharp decline physical retail was tormented by in the last decade thanks the online shopping.
COVID19 was devastating at best to retailers on all levels as the virus forced consumers globally to lockdown and put their buying power on e-commerce of all types, whether it’s native digital retailers or retailers whose origins are physical have launched online outlets as a ways to a means to stay alive.
Despite online business being the lifeline that keeps the lights on with major brands, native digital brands have quickly learned that an in-person store presence greatly helps their brand stand out, leaving a major impression on consumers to keep coming back, nobody truly knows this better than retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nike who’ve transformed their physical space beyond a buying destination, but into a place where a given Neiman Marcus in one city or town is a media center, a brand billboard, an entertainment venue, an interactive space with a brand’s products, and a community center that connects to consumers in the locations they’re in.
Cities where there use to be high-dense traffic before the pandemic have had physical stores close up shop now that they’re staying closer to home thanks to stay-at-home orders and even now post-COVID19, so retailers are opening up new stores closer to their consumer’s residences to keep their physical footprint alive in the market, implementing the new experience of an in-person store as a whole.
Another option for retailers, designers, and brands like Uncommon James have already done to consider is take the niche approach of pop-up stores and make it into a long-term strategy since it’s more cost-effective for new and existing retailers to increase their awareness in the marketplace, plus a countless number of towns and cities have more than their fair share of empty storefronts that need new occupancy to draw consumers back to their shopping districts hard hit by the pandemic.
Retailers and brands have had to strengthen their relationships during COVID19 because no consumer sales were happening due to lockdown, negotiating financial terms to survive those very lean times, the same should continue especially now that the climate’s changed with or without COVID19, with retailers and brands still being able to co-exist despite a brand having its own store nearby retailer, with products available exclusively at retail, and vice versa for brand store.
Each and every brand, designer, and retailer as the future of retail is now in the present are strongly advised not to rely on the future of just e-commerce alone, or even relying on the fact that your designs are interesting, physical retail in a reimagined way must be in your portfolio of growth, but execute physical retail in the way that’s best for your business to grow, and resonates strongly on your consumer base.
IMG today announced the finalists of the 2021Australian Fashion Laureate, honouring the outstanding achievements of Australian fashion’s leaders and innovators. Winners will be announced on 30 November 2021 at a celebratory event in Sydney.
The Australian Fashion Laureate awards recognise accomplishments across categories including Designer of the Year, Emerging Designer of the Year, Sustainable Innovation and People’s Choice. New award categories in 2021 include Indigenous Designer of the Year, to celebrate Australia’s First Nations designers, and the Carla Zampatti Award for Excellence in Leadership, to recognise leaders who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the position of women in the Australian fashion industry; the former was created in close consultation with leading First Nations fashion figures, whereas the latter will debut in tribute to the late fashion icon Carla Zampatti AC. The industry’s pinnacle honour, the Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrates a longstanding and meaningful impact on the Australian fashion industry.
IMG is pleased to share the complete list of finalists across 2021 award categories:
Designer of the Year
Anna Plunket and Luke Sales, Romance Was Born
Edwina Forest and Adrian Norris, Aje
Sophie Holt, Oroton
Emerging Designer of the Year, presented by Shopify Plus
Jordan Gogos, Iordanes Spyridon Gogos
Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective
Richard Jarman, COMMAS
Sustainable Innovation of the Year, presented by GlamCorner
Emma Jarman and Richard Jarman, COMMAS
James Bartle, Outland Denim
Kit Willow, KITX
Mary-Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams, bassike
Indigenous Designer of the Year
Denni Francisco, Ngali
Grace Lillian Lee
Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective
Lillardia Briggs-Houston, Ngarru Miimi
“The Australian Fashion Laureate celebrates the ingenuity of Australian fashion’s top designers and creators,” said Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director of IMG’s fashion events and properties, Asia-Pacific. “This year’s nominees reflect the creative excellence and diverse voices shaping our industry and its future.”
Australian Fashion Laureate recipients are chosen by Australian Fashion Industry Alumni, a panel of industry leaders, including media, buyers, communications professionals, creatives and designers.
The Australian Fashion Laureate is an IMG event supported by the NSW Government through Destination New South Wales (DNSW). The event will adhere to all government and official NSW health guidelines.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said: “The NSW Government is proud to support the development, innovation and excellence of Australia’s fashion designers, many of whom found their start here in Sydney by showcasing at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. Sydney is the hub of creative industries in the Asia-Pacific and events like the Australian Fashion Laureate bring together the very best in the business, in the Harbour City, to celebrate joint success and forge exciting new opportunities.”
In addition to DNSW, the Australian Fashion Laureate is made possible through the support of Afterpay, Shopify Plus and GlamCorner.
After 18 months of not being at the Javits because of Covid this tradeshow has come back to its NYC home. It took place September 19 – 21, 2021. This season saw a change in the format of the women’s tradeshows put on by Informa. What use to be Accessories The Show, Children’s Club and Fame Shows are now under the Magic name. Magic consisted of brands that cater towards children, young contemporary (which is not an age but a look)and trendy teens. Footwear that was trendy but well-known labels, and accessories that were trendy but retail at more moderate price points. https://www.magicfashionevents.com/ny/en/home.html
Coterie had basically the same brands that it always does (I’ve been going to this show for many years)but caters to a designer customer with higher quality fabrics and more classic styles. This show also has accessories, footwear, contemporary clothing but at higher price points than Magic. Many of the brands were from Europe or South America this season. https://www.coteriefashionevents.com/ny/en/home.html
After walking the show for 3 days I’m going to give you my reader the fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2022 for the women’s market. The peasant look continues to be the major trend for the next season. What was new were big bell bottom jeans with prints on them (think 1970’s hippie era). Because Beyonce made western wear popular again the western hat has become the major trend in headwear. Jewlery seems to have gotten a bit bigger and the millennial chain now has charms on them. Glitter earrings are an up-and-coming fashion. Since everyone wants to feel cheerful now that we can go out and enjoy life again designers used lots of bright colors in their collections. I have a love of shoes and boots with over 200 pair myself and I use to be a shoe store buyer so I interviewed three designers on their brands. Big attention was really paid by me on the trends in footwear. 😀
New fashions of footwear are the short cowboy boot to wear with jeans or the peasant look. Ballerina flats continue for when you need to dress casual but sneakers are too sporty. Sneakers have been acceptable for everyday wear nowadays so I’m only going to bring you the new trends: fur calf mixed with metallic leather, glitter and metallic mesh. Chocked up pumps or T strap shoes with block heels to go with all those new 1980’s power suits that are the latest style in tailored clothing. Slides in suede or leather with block heels. Loafers in two tone leather. Snakeskin either real or in a print in shoes and sandals big time for the warm weather. Please see the photos with the mannequins that were so beautifully dressed by the Coterie – Magic staff on how to put together an outfit with all the trends for both the Fall/Winter 2021 and Spring/Summer 2022 seasons.
A company based out of Miami that represents emerging designers from South America. What attracted me to this collection beside the beautiful young ladies working in the booth was the unusual prints and the hand crochet fashions that I wouldn’t see from the American designers. I only interviewed Ivana Matos the Founder and Ceo of the company on the designer/brand Zunilda Gutiorre which is all made in Columbia. She carries other brands so please see her website for more pretty, feminine and ladylike collections. The designer was inspired by childhood memories such as children playing in fields of wildflowers which she translated into prints that she created herself for her collection.
Fabrics used were linen, organic cotton, silk and recycled polyester. The lovely collection features puffy sleeves meant for women’s empowerment, mini and midi skirts, bustier and crop tops. The hand crochet skirt and top (in the photo) took three weeks to make by indigenous people in Columbia and they did beautiful work if I may say so. Other pieces of clothing were in linen and cotton with hand embroidery also from the indigenous people in Columbia. Sizes XS – L, Prices retail $130.00 – $850.00. You can order off their website and they will ship to you but please realize this is all handmade to order so it may take a month or two to receive your items. www.manifiestoshop.com
MOACONCEPT AND PEANUTS
This company represents many foreign brands in America. The brands they brought to the show was Moa Concept and Peanuts. Don’t we all love Disney? Since we all do this company did a collaboration with Disney so we can now wear Disney motifs on sneakers. Sweatshirts, hoodies and tee shirts which are all unisex fashions licensed with Peanuts. The sweatshirt, hoodies and sweatpants are in 100% cotton fabric. These styles are good for the teen all the way to the teen’s parents and grandparents. In the photo is the pretty daughter of the owners modeling the sweatshirt and sweatpants with a motif of the Peanuts character Snoopy on the front of the sweatshirt.
Sizes are unisex and range from XXS – XL, Prices $155.00 – $185.00.
The core of the line is their range of unisex sneakers made in Italy made from recycled car seats, recycled plastic bottles and recycled polyester back. The fit is European which usually means wider in the toe box area, with a size range of 35 – 47 translating to women’s size 5 in USA sizes and size 14 in men’s USA size.
Price range $319.00 -$380.00.
Sneakers have Micky Mouse logs on the toes, sides and innersoles of the sneakers. They basically come in white but some in silver or black so you can see the logs clearly. Shoelaces are basically white or black and white mixed.
Espadrilles made in Spain. The styles were mules, loafers and slides. These are so pretty with the peasant look or even paired with skinny jeans. Some of the uppers are velvets with embroidery using recycled thread and since these are casual, they are appropriate for summer even though velvet is thought of a winter fabric. The use of metallic embroidery in a star pattern was used on jewel tone velvet and these can be worn indoors for the cold weather season too. Another fabric that is used is recycled raffia on the upper in a mule style. Soles are made with plastic from the ocean bottom that have been recycled. Jute is the material in the mid sole between sole bottom and upper shoe. Inner sole is recycled microfiber.
Everything is vegan and sustainable which is the growing trend in fashion. Every pair is handmade by women and the business is woman owned. The collection is inspired by different cultures in Indonesia and Venice, Italy. The owner of the business Yasmine did a beautiful job with the show display which made the espadrilles stand on pedestals so you can see them better coming up the aisle of the show. These are truly gorgeous espadrilles and are very different from anything I’ve ever seen in the American brands.
Sizes range from 36 – 42 European sizes.
Prices $260.00 – $290.00.
These are shipped from USA so you will get them quick.
I had the pleasure of interviewing the designer Anna Maria and the factory owner Sergio both from Columbia. Cowboy boots are now the hottest footwear trend this season. These are works of art and I want a pair. I’ve been looking for cowboy boots so naturally when I saw this collection, I just had to interview the people in the booth for my blog. The designer told me the cowboy boots make her feel empowered, and are an expression of her femininity/personality. The cowboy boots are made with leather uppers and linings along with neolite soles and which won’t wear down as leather soles do and wood heels. Each boot is made 100% by hand and is cut and crafted by highly experienced craftsmen to insure comfort and fit. Sergio made it a point to tell me that his workers are fairly paid and work in ideal conditions. This factory concentrates on making high quality boots in limited editions and not mass production. What this means for the consumer is that they are getting a product that will last for decades if taken care of and ethical conditions for its workers.
The factory also makes some pretty metallic sneakers with a slight wedge sole. The boot collection features short western boots in metallics, with details such as studs, heart shape cutouts in snakeskin; mid-calf cowboy boots in suede and solid color leather with snakeskin trim and leather cutouts in the shape of wings. The Purpose of Lola – Relola is to encourage women to connect with their feminine power and to be inspired through color, creativity and textures.
Ladies if you are looking for unique western style boots to buy than take a look at the website www.lolarelola.com.
Sized 35 (size 5 in USA) to 40 (size 10 in USA), and Medium width only but I did tell Sergio to expand to Narrow and Wide for the Americans.
WATARU TOMINAGA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection was inspired by mixtures of various styles of printed textiles such as mascot prints for children’s clothing, vintage photo print textiles, and plaid patterns, all of which are drawn and photographed by the designer.
Juxtaposing images of various styles and backgrounds, Tominaga aims to create both dissonance and harmony at the same time in the Collection.
WATARU TOMINAGA is an eponymous Japanese fashion brand founded in 2019.
With a large emphasis on experimental prints, which incorporate hand drawn elements coupled with the visual manipulations of printed textiles through hand-pleating, the designer longs to create garments that are both transportive and referential of times past.
Born in 1988 in Kumamoto, Japan, Tominaga currently lives and works in Tokyo.
With an international outlook, Tominaga pursued his education in Japan, the UK, and Finland.
He attended the Musashino Art University and Bunka Fashion College, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, receiving a BA for Fashion Print.
His global education has enhanced the vastness of his design aesthetic.
He has since worked with illustrious design houses such as John Galliano, Eddie Peake, and BLESS.
Additionally, he has earned a MFA at the Chelsea College of Arts at the University of the Arts in London.
In 2016 Tominaga won the Grand Jury Première Vision Prize at the 31st International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères.
He was the artist in residency at Le Pavillon Neuflize OBC at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2016-2017) while continuing to showcase his collections at Berlin Fashion Week, and NY Premiere Vision.
The year following, Tominaga again competed in Hyères Fashion Competition and landed prestigious collaborations with mega-brands Chanel and Petit Bateau.
In 2018, Tominaga was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia – The Arts 2018 list.
In 2019, he held a solo exhibition at Nonaka-Hill gallery in California.
He has since launched his own commercial line for the SS20 season, presenting his first RTW collection, which merged both fashion and art, during Tokyo Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion Week in the Fall of 2019.
Tominaga made his Paris Fashion Week debut with his FW21 Collection, following the SS21 digital show at New York Fashion Week.
Last weekend on the first day of Informa Markets “Coterie” trade show at the Javits Center in New York City’s Hudson Yards, the first in 19 months after the COVID19 pandemic, “Coterie” held a conversation with Fern Mallis, an industry Godmother who’s spearheaded New York Fashion Week in what the industry knows it as even to this day.
Fern’s beginnings stemmed from the old Mademoiselle magazine where Fern planted her fashion footprint as a guest Editor before becoming a staff Editor, then moving onto the selling side of fashion at numerous businesses before starting her own Public Relations firm, which led Fern to head the CFDA where Fern was truly the one who shaped New York Fashion Week to new heights.
Fern came up with the idea of having as many designers as possible gather in one big place, turning to Bryant Park to achieve this vision, seeking out sponsorship from all key places to achieve for the first-time ever that New York Fashion Week had corporate sponsors, opening up more opportunities for NYFW to show off to the press what was trending in fashion for one given season, New York Fashion Week would eventually be bought out by IMG and Fern stayed on after NYFW changed hands.
One important day that Fern truly led the charge of NYFW at Bryant Park was September 11, 2001, knowing instantly when the second plane hit World Trade Center that we were under a terrorist attack, and stopped models from walking the runway on that day and in the days to come, also telling press to take off their stilettos, and go out on some sneakers instead to cover another story, and many stories and tragedies played out on the day of 9/11/2001.
Once New York Fashion Week wrapped up its time at Bryant Park before moving to Lincoln Center in 2010, Fern thought it was a perfect time to move on and take a year off, which led Fern to her next adventure in interviewing notable designers with 92Y, which will resume in-person events soon following a hiatus thanks to COVID19, and will also be live-streamed.
And in a brief moment after the the conversation with Fern Mallis, Daniel plus Lauren asked how we can move forward in the fashion industry, it all comes down to fashion being more sustainable, putting in the work to achieving sustainability.
Last Weekend, Informa Markets held its first MAGIC/ COTERIE trade show at the Javits Center in New York City’s Hudson Yards in 19 months following the COVID19 pandemic where no in-person trade shows were taking place, the MAGIC component Daniel plus Lauren experienced was the Princess Daliana baby and children’s collection at a with higher quality and designs than most children’s collections.
Princess Daliana got its roots from the designer’s mother, who’s from Dalian City, China, where their mother was already a designer of children’s clothes for over 30 years in China, the designer came to America to attend college, but stayed after college because they loved the United States so much.
Princess Daliana was created in 2017 as an extension of their mother’s children’s designs that specialize in high-end children’s fashion mainly for girls that make pieces for moments like being a flower girl for weddings, communions gowns, and soon will produce boys high-end pieces since the designer’s expecting to have a baby boy real soon.
Princess Daliana’s top selling line of high end pieces are girl’s christening gowns for that all important first event of a child being their Baptism, Princess Daliana is mainly sold in the Northeast Corridor of the United States, Princess Daliana also has business relationships with Urban Outfitters and Sophia’s Styles which is one the largest online clothing retailer in America.
Fabrics used to make Princess Daliana’s one of a kind high end children’s collection come from polyester and satin on the outside, but it’s Princess Daliana’s 100 percent cotton produced for the inner lining of Princess Daliana’s pieces that makes for a comfortable baby and children’s clothing collection.
What also sets Princess Daliana apart from others are that both the manufacture and the designs are owned by the same people, eliminating the middleman, and keeping price points down of their high-end collection; and Fashion Consultant, Patricia Ann Parenti, also contributed to putting together this piece at the MAGIC trade show.
Chuks Collins showed his collection on Sunday, September 12, 2021 as a presentation at The Sunken Living Room at Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week. As you can see in the photos everyone sat on the top rows of the area while the models cascaded in the Sunken area of the red carpeted room. After the models walked and twirled for the cameras, they all lined up against the wall so you could still see the clothes.
Chuks Collines is a fashion designer and a multi-disciplinary visual artist who uses creativity to tell his story. He was raised in England and Nigeria. In one of the photos, you can see references to African prints being used in shorts and a shirt for a man; and a short straight skirt over a red asymmetrical skirt for a woman. As a child in Nigeria, his grandmother taught him tailoring. This shows in this collection because every garment was custom made in the Bronx, NY just to fit the model. Expand the photos and you can see true craftmanship in every piece of clothing. American Made Couture is what this collection is all about.
The inspiration for his Couture Collection was from him taking photos of cocoons and studying the resurrection process of the butterfly. His other inspiration came from muscular bodies of people. After taking all these photos he pinned them to what we call a mood board in the fashion industry where he was able to look at the board daily for inspiration on designing.
I love his use of jewel and bright colors ranging from tones of yellows, royal blues, wine reds, browns. His fabrics were soft and flowing and African inspired prints with cocoons. He does lots of fabric manipulation that includes pleating, boning, corset style tops, tailoring and structured shoulders (which make women feel strong and powerful) and beading. Since it was a presentation, I was able to get up close to the models after it was over to view the garments. What I noticed is many of the gown’s fabrics had a sheen to them which will make them stand out at a gala or black-tie affair. Some of the other dresses had pleated fabric made into ruffles at the skirt that would be perfect for dancing because they moved when the wearer of the dress danced.
He creates flattering gowns and dresses for both regular sizes and plus sizes. His fashions are very feminine and lady like and will make any woman stand out in the room. His collection definitely empowers women and makes them feel and look like a Queen! This is the perfect collection to wear to make women feel good again after 18 months of wearing casual clothes due to the Pandemic. To find out more about Chuks Collins, his clothing collection or to have something custom made for you then go to WWW.CHUKSCOLLINS.COM
Over at the Prince George’s Ballroom in New York City on September in the final hours of New York Fashion Week, there’s a new collection that busted out on the scene, and filled the iconic New York landmark with lines as far as up the block on a Sunday evening, it’s Untourage The Label making debuting its first-ever season with Spring & Summer 2022.
Untourage bridges the gap between street sensibility, femininity, and fit that is effortless, chic, and super cool.
Designed for a social moment of cocktails, slaying the scene with our NYTSUA Dress is the ultimate day-to-night silhouette.
Imported denim fabric, the midi dress features button details along a high split, with light distressing.
Finish the look with a killer heel.
Featuring a new release the Flight Suit is a edgy essential.
This capsule features the signature ruching on the arms and legs.
This design give you a zip-up and take flight feel, cinching in the waist while creating a body hugging fit.
With all this stunning streetwear that meets the everyday life, Untourage The Label also had Hip Hop artists perform in-between the final look and the collection of looks cat walking to close New York Fashion Week, with Fashion Expert, Patricia Ann Parenti, attending the show to provide insight on the iconic Prince George Ballroom where this Uber-popular runway show took place.
At the end of New York Fashion Week, it was a Sunday filled with all the glam and powerful color, sequins, and statements to be made, it’s the Infinite Exposure Shows with 5 designers that include Virginia Cathey Collections, MJ-My Joy, Charmonisky, Glow-Art, and Jiovanna Gordon, all impactful with their designs, and supporting the American Heart Association.
Virginia Cathey Collections
This is the My Elegance In Focus collection by Virginia Cathey, comprised of hooded green dresses with split, red sequin dress, versatile vests, multi-colored body tight dresses and leggings, as well as multi-colored hoodies in same printed designs, a collection that is a can’t miss.
MJ-My Joy designs its collection of super-enhanced comforts being tops, bottoms, and hoodies out of a life that was lost before it was even born, MJ’s son was born a still born, and did not have a chance to come into the world, so creating MJ-My Joy the collection was created with a purpose with the love and support of his family, as MJ did not just come to live very briefly without meaning.
With its Egyptian theme dresses, Crochet jumpsuits, and Crochet dresses, Charmonisky has apparently made Crochet designs a high-end fashion luxury one must invest in not only for style, but for a very strong staple to hold in your closet.
Apparent from its inspiration of still art and a huge play on distinct colors, Glow-Art is a portal to experience the ethereal through the use of everyday earthly items, including people, make up and lighting, it is a GOD Source inspired photography, Creator, Ron Vestal, says he does it to expand the conscious and unconscious feeling and though of his audience.
For both womenswear and menswear, Jiovanna Gordon delivers hard-hitting and elegant pieces that are a cause to stop and stare at the play on a collaboration of colors with men’s, and a play on feathers with women’s.